Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Mermaid Mirror Cards From A Sketch

Finally found the time to play along with Sketchy Saturday. The card sketch was simple this week, which made it perfect for personal interpretation. I have all these mermaid themed products from Bella Blvd so I put those to good use.
 ~ Beautiful Day ~
 Secrets Of The Sea collection comes with lovely puffy stickers. I used those to decorate the embossed, die-cut white frames. Rinea Foiled Paper takes up the center and gives the mirror impression.
~Swimmingly~
The sentiments are stamps from the Sea View Collection by Sheena Douglass. I love getting craft magazines that come with freebies. This set was included with Creative Stamping from Practical Publishing.
Here is a peak at the sketch by Laurel Seabrook.
Supplies:
Cardstock:Recollections
Patterned Paper, Stickers:Bella Blvd
Foiled Paper:Rinea
Stamps:Sheena Douglass
Frame Dies: Crafters Companion

Scrap On!

~Charity Hotrum~

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Mixed Media Layout With Rainy Day Symbols

Today's creativity produced this Mixed Media layout that is rich in pink and rainy day symbols. I spent the weekend with a dear friend in rainy Tacoma. We had a fabulous time hanging out. Along the way we found this sign that defines the greatest quandary of all time!
~ Good Times ~
 To come up with my pink texture I mixed modeling paste and acrylic paint. I was very thrifty and used the back of a damaged photo for my palette. A butter knife served as my palette knife.
 I had to mix two batches of pink modeling paste. The first batch I spread thinly thru the honey comb frame. The second I used to fill the umbrella/rain boots silhouette. To add texture I used a produce netting. 
 My inspiration for this layout came from Laurel Seabrook's Inspired By blog. I choose the color, the friends having fun, and the rainy atmosphere for my prompts. This is the offered image: 
Along with the modeling paste I also did a lot of stitching. The burlap is stitched to the cardstock and the tabs are stitched onto the photo mat. The two pieces of cardstock are stitched together using a Sew Easy with a Loop-de-Loop attachment.
Supplies:
Patterned Paper:Blue Fern Studios
Modeling Paste:Liquitex
Acrylic Paint:Tattered Angels
Stencils:Peachy Cheap Die, Studio Calico, Memory Box
Brads and Tabs:Echo Park
Embroidery Thread:Prism
Sew Easy: WE R Memory Keepers

Craft On!

~Charity Hotrum~

Monday, April 9, 2018

Very Fortunate Events Stash Buster Layout

When you can't choose which paper or alpha to use you throw them all together and make a Stash Buster layout. The layers on this page just kept adding up as I cut new windows. I ended up four layers deep and then started adding flowers.
~ A Series Of UN VERY Fortunate Events ~
Three teens in the same house, what could go wrong? Nothing! These kids are a delight and a treasure. They are fairly calm, get along well, and enjoy school. A series of VERY fortunate events keep us together.
A pale green patterned paper with a diamond cut Vine and Vase paper started my layout. I decided a few windows would add interest and got busy with my craft knife. Of course, where one is good two is better so I cut all but the east and west points of the diamond.

I wanted the dark blue paper to show through the windows, but I also wanted to roll it and have it show through the widows. I cut a diamond and a large "V" out of the dark blue paper to fit under the corresponding windows. I flipped the "V" over and and adhered the papers to the underside of my layout.
The windows showing the gingham pattern were cut from corner to corner. I rolled these bits up and the dark blue paper was on display. Of course that left MORE holes. I added kraft paper as my final backing.
The windows needed something more so I added flowers in shades that complimented my papers. I didn't have any yellow flowers so I misted a white one to get the correct shade. I punched a few tiny flowers and misted those to match as well.
This layout is my entry for the Paper / Sketch Challenge. Rochelle offers this sketch and the use of kraft paper as a requirement.
Supplies:
Patterned Paper, Diecuts:Bo Bunny
Kraft Paper:Craftsmith
Flowers:Prima
Flower Punch:EKsuccess
Sun Sisters Mist:Tattered Angels
Alpha:MME, Cosmo Cricket, Studio Calico, Webster's Pages
Stickers:Studio Calico, American Greetings
Liquid Pearls:Ranger



Craft On!

~Charity Hotrum~

Friday, April 6, 2018

Mermaid Framed Cards With Foiled Paper

Today's show and tell is a pair of framed mermaid cards with shiny Rinea Foiled Paper. I used my new order from Peachy Cheap:Secrets of the Sea by Bella Blvd. Of course I'm a sucker for anything mermaid. This collection is super cute and will make tons of cards.
 I checked out Scrapy Land for a new challenge and was not disappointed. Their criteria are "anything goes" and "use a brand of die sold by Scrapy Land". I have both Crafter's Companion dies and Lawn Fawn dies so I was all set. The supplies I used for Challenge # 87 are arrayed below.
 For the first card I used Rinea Silver/Silver Starstruck Foiled Paper and an ornate circle die by Crafter's Companion. I added an octopus stamped and diecut with Lawn Fawn supplies.
 The frame for the second card is cut from Rinea Silver/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper. It is also a Crafter's Companion Die. Both sentiments are cut with Peachy Cheap dies. 
The patterned paper and puffy stickers are from the Bella Blvd Collection. The No-Clog Writing Cap from ScraPerfect made it a cinch to get glue onto the die cut words. 
This week at Cute Card Thursday Challenge # 524 is Anything Goes. This card is definitely cute so I am submitting it there as well.

Scrap On!

~charity~

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Nifty Thrifty Best Cleaner Ever

I love to use Best Cleaner Ever on those nifty thrifty bargains I find. This one had a lipstick stain on the inside.
Stop by the ScraPerfect blog to see the process photos.

Scrap On!

~charity~

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

A Layout To Celebrates Our Ginger Kitty

Today's project is a layout that celebrates the wonderful character of our ginger kitty. The Big Eyed Kitty is a rescue cat that attached himself to me while I was working for the Humane Society in North Dakota. He quickly became a therapy animal for us. When one of us is sad or anxious he is right there to lend the furry paw of comfort. 
~ Feetsies ~
 Blue and yellow are my favorite scrapping colors. I have made some of my best layouts with them. The blues and yellows of Bo Bunny's Genevieve collection are off set by grey and are perfect for my scrapping style.
I was inspired by Paper Issues April Sketch. I flipped it vertically and placed hexagons for the stars. Striped paper replaces the strips behind the photo.
 In order to participate with  Scrap The Boys April Challenge I started with punched hexagons in two sizes. I punched a cat shape out of the large hexagons and backed them with yellow craft foam for loft and for contrast.
 Flourishes diecut from grey cardstock are topped with an assortment of gems and pearls. Underneath these on either corner are stamped and embossed flourishes. This grouping is crowned with bright flowers.
 The star of the show is The Big Eyed Kitty. In order to make him stand out I fussy cut the photo, matted him with blue cardstock, and popped him up with more craft foam. From the side you can see the layers and depth of the central figure.
A bit of twine under the photo attaches the "fuzzy" tag. Twine is a long time love of mine and shows up often on my projects.
A couple cute phrases cat enthusiasts use are off to the side in tiny type. I used different alphas but kept the letters in grey. I also dug deep into my stash and scattered gems, and enamel dots at the corners.
This layout is also an entry for Tic Tac Toe Challenge #42. I used the top right to lower left diagonal row. Stripes at center, hexagon and cat punches surround the photo, and there are lots of layers.
At a later date I will post the tutorial for this single photo layout. I am particularly pleased with the fussy cut and matted cat. Of course I used ScraPerfect glue to hold it all together.
Supplies:
Cardstock:Recollections
Patterned Paper, Tags:Bo Bunny
Gems, Pearls, Enamel Dots:
MME, Michaels, Melody Ross, CTMH, Carta Bella
Punches:Fiskars, JoAnn's
Alpha, Sticker:Studio Calico
Tiny Type:MME, Authentique, Crate Paper
Ink:Color Box, CTMH
Stamp:Inkadinkado
Twine:The Twinery
Flourish Dies:Echo Park

Scrap On!

~charity~

Friday, March 30, 2018

Embossed Card With A Dahlia And Sequins

A foiled paper dahlia and a scattering of sequins decorate this embossed card. Never one to shy away from too much shine, I let the layers add up. Strips of lace and a quote from Canvas Corp Brands paper are complimented by a whimsical, doodled border.
~ I'd Rather Wear Flowers ~
Most of my crafty time falls on the weekend. When the end of the month falls on the weekend I have to struggle to find challenges that are current. This time my search was rewarded with a sketch and a supply challenge. 
I participated with the center, horizontal row.
The sketch is by Julee Tilman of Viva la Verve Sketches.
My first step was to dry emboss a 4x6 of Gold Glossy Foiled Paper from Rinea with a leaf embossing folder. 
 The flower layers were next. I used a die from Amazon as well as Blush and Jade Starstruck Foiled Paper from Rinea.
  A hand doodled border in periwinkle ink added a touch of whimsy.
 Strips of lace give the assembled dahlia and quote card a place to line up.
 The sequins are a mix of green, white and grey.
This card is also my entry for Cute Card Thursday's Challenge #523 Add A Quote!
The Paper Girls Challenge is asking crafters to use dry or heat embossing on their projects and to link up for Challenge # 148.

Supplies:
Cardstock:Craftsmith
Foiled Paper:Rinea
Flower Dies:Amazon
Quote:Canvas Corp Brands
Ink:Close To My Heart
Embossing Folder:Crafter's Companion
Ink Pen:Bic Marking
Sequins:Spiegel Mom Scraps
Lace:Stash

Scrap On

~charity~